Chapter 455: Cinderella Who Turned into a Bumpkin Again
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Old Mrs. Wen held Xia Ruya’s hand and spoke to her for a long while. Although she seemed to be listening attentively on the surface, she was in fact, filled with frustration and incredibly peeved by the chattering noises around her. She could not stand it at all. Although she used to find Old Mrs. Wen to be kind and benevolent, she could not help but find her useless at this juncture. She cursed in her head.
If she didn’t give in to Wen Xinya’s provoking words and got into an argument with Old Mr. Wen, the latter would have probably agreed to take Xia Ruya in instead of turning her down.
If it weren’t because of the Xia Family pushing her over the edge, she wouldn’t have gone to the extreme of exposing her virginity test report. Ever since her scandal, she had never returned to the Xia Family home. She even switched off her mobile phone and cut off all contact with the Xia Family. She could imagine how terribly they’d berate her and treat her harshly once she went home.
She did not wish to face the scheming and selfish members of the Xia Family at all. Especially Chen Linfang, who often mocked her sarcastically and treated her in an overbearing manner.
Hence, she decided to use the scandal and the test report to win the sympathy of the Wen Family. After receiving a call from Old Mr. Wen earlier on, she felt much more confident and determined to return to the Wen Family home, even if she could only be their adoptive daughter. She was certain that she would snatch everything back from Wen Xinya and inherit all the Wen Family assets.
However, she did not expect that her plans would be foiled by a simple sentence from Wen Xinya.
Xia Ruya left the living room and headed to the bedroom that she used to live in, troubled and bewildered. As soon as she opened the door, she was greeted with the sight of a huge mess. Clearly, the room no longer belonged to her.
She bit her lip tightly. She remembered staying over in that room for a night when the Xiao Family was acquiring Ai Shang Group. Within just a short period of time, everything had changed and she no longer felt a sense of belonging in the house.
At this moment, one of the maids whom Xia Ruya knew walked towards her. Xia Ruya asked, “Why has this become a storeroom?”
The maid answered, “Old Sir wanted us to convert it into a storeroom. He said that this is a master bedroom and is not suitable to be converted into a guest room. However, Missy has moved to the other bedroom at the East side and hence, he decided to convert this into a storeroom.”
In fact, Old Mr. Wen ordered for the bedroom to be converted into a storeroom the day after Xia Ruya stayed over for a night. He also instructed the servants to move all of her belongings to the guest room. There were only a few master bedrooms in the house, all of which represented the habitant’s status in the family. It was rather inappropriate for Wen Xinya to move into the side house. So, all the servants knew that Old Mr. Wen was trying to emphasize the fact that Wen Xinya was the biological heiress of the Wen Family by leaving the master bedroom unoccupied.
Being intelligent and bright, Xia Ruya understood what the maid meant.
She clenched her fists tightly and was overwhelmed with resentment. She hated it greatly…
The maid asked, “Miss Ruya, are you looking for your room? Your room has already been moved to the guest room at the front. All your belongings that used to be in here have been moved there too. Why don’t I show you the way?”
“Sure!” Xia Ruya agreed. Her heart wrenched in pain, as if it were a piece of paper that had been crushed into a ball.
Xia Ruya headed to the guest room and stared at it, only to find that it felt unfamiliar and foreign. It no longer reeked of the fragrant aroma of essential oil, and the arrangement of ornaments was different too. Even her items were no longer in the places that they used to be.
“Do you like this guest room?” Wen Xinya asked, sneering at Xia Ruya while entering the room slowly. She deliberately emphasized the words “guest room” in a bid to remind her of her status.
Xia Ruya blinked gently and the gloomy look in her eyes vanished. Tears welled up in her eyes and her true feelings were concealed. “I do like it.”
Wen Xinya smiled and quipped. “There are no outsiders here. You may drop the act in front of me. You don’t have to hide your greed and true emotions at all. I know clearly what kind of person you are.”
Turning as a pale as a sheet, Xia Ruya forced a smile and asked, “Xinya, what are you talking about? I don’t get what you mean!”
Xia Ruya said calmly, “Xia Ruya, is there a point in pretending? You’re just trying to use your scandal as an excuse to dupe Grandma and win Grandpa’s sympathy, just so you could cut off ties with the Xia Family and become the Wen Family’s adoptive daughter again. Do you really think you can encroach on the things that belong to me and rightfully become the successor of the Wen Family? You’re so greedy and scheming. After all, it’s indeed easier if you’re the adoptive daughter of the Wen Family and not the illegitimate daughter of the Xia Family. What a great plan you’ve devised.”
However, Wen Xinya was rather surprised by how cold and relentless the Xia Family was towards Xia Ruya, just like how they treated her in her previous lifetime. To her surprise, the tables turned in this lifetime and Xia Ruya had become the subject of their harsh treatment. Clearly, it was all Heaven’s will.
Xia Ruya teared up even more and hid her emotions extremely well. “Xinya, you can’t just malign me like that. Grandma and I share a close relationship, and it’s only understandable that she’d want to take me in and let me move back in with the Wen Family. However, you can’t cut off blood, and I’ve already turned Grandpa down. You were there too. How could you just accuse me like this?”
Wen Xinya chuckled nonchalantly and said, “Go ahead and keep up with the pretense! I have nothing to lose anyway. Whatever belongs to the Wen Family will forever be mine and only mine. You… are just a guest who’s staying in my family’s guest room. So… treasure your time here! Once you’re back at the Xia Family home… you’ll return to square one just like Cinderella who becomes a maid again. You’ll have a nasty stepmother, a haughty sister, and… a tyrannical brother…”
Wen Xinya was out to rub salt into her wound and teach her a lesson.
Xia Ruya watched Wen Xinya leave, and a look of viciousness filled her gaze.
She was suddenly reminded of the time when Wen Xinya first returned to the Wen Family home. Back then, she also looked down on Wen Xinya and undermined her. She had put on a snobby, noble and elegant front, and even criticized Wen Xinya…